Much has been written about stress invoking the limbic brain, which while effective in dealing with saber toothed tigers, isn’t so great at dealing with the complexity of the modern world. Add on top of that the recession, inflation and our mind’s dubious relationship with money and you have a mess. A mess of stress.
So to break this down I did some reading and The Stress Experience at work comes, according to researchers, comes from:
- a person’s perception of the situation;
- the person’s past experience;
- the presence or absence of social support; and
- individual differences with regard to stress reactions.
(source: Organizational Behavior, Hellriegel, Slocum, Woodman, pg 199)
Attacking these one by one can and will reduce stress. Perception. For example the people a person hangs out with and the content they put into their brain frames their perception of the world. Cliff changed the way I think about the post office. A character? Yes. But a real change in perception based on fiction.